March 5th, 2012
Catherine L. Wesdock, 80, Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 5, 2012.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
ALTOONA â€” Over the past weekend, Punxsy's wrestling team traveled to Altoona for the Class AAA Northwest Regional Tournament, with a record number of 10 Chucks advancing to the tournament.
One Punxsy grappler â€” sophomore Joel Bowers â€” earned a berth to the PIAA Class AAA State Championships next weekend in Hershey.
Bowers earned victories over McDowell's Coleman Cousins (2-1 decision) and St. Marys' Evan Smith (10-2 decision), avenging a loss to Smith in the D-IX tournament last weekend.
A Texas man escaped serious injury when he rolled his vehicle over around 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning in Cloe, Bell Township. According to police, a 2006 Lexus driven by Clarence J. Craft, Texas, was traveling south on Route 36 when he lost control and rolled his vehicle over, shearing off a utility pole at the same time. Police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS, Punxsutawney Fire Department, Rebuck's South Side Service and Penelec.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 29, 1896)
A BLIND MAN SUICIDES
J. B. McCullough, of Beechwoods,
The body of James B. McCullough, of Beechwoods, was found suspended from a tree near Coal Glen, on Saturday morning last by A. H. Smith, of the latter place.
CLARION â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team traveled to Clarion Saturday with hopes of reaching one of its loftiest preseason goalsÂ â€” a District IX AAA Championship â€”Â and unfortunately for the Chucks, they came up just short in a 36-35 loss to D-IX foe Bradford.
Despite the final score, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said he appreciated the effort his team gave him, adding that he wouldn't have changed a thing.
John William "Bill" Lott, 82, Big Run, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Reynoldsville, a son of the late Irvin and Ethel (Scaddin) Lott.
He was married to Vivian (Carney) Lott, who preceded him in death July 4, 2009.
Mr. Lott was an operating engineer for the Bracken Construction Co. and served as a 3rd Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of Dad's Horseshoe Club and was a past president of the Groundhog CB Club.
Phyllis Kunselman, 81, Rossiter, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In a sports-rich area like western Pa., playing for a district title is never a given, and the Punxsy boys' basketball team, which will do just that against the Bradford Owls at 4 p.m. today at Clarion University, isn't taking the opportunity for granted.
ALTOONA â€” Entering Friday's opening rounds of the Northwest AAA Regional Tournament, Punxsy's wrestling team had high hopes but no set expectations for its grapplers but to give it their all.
A pair of Chucks â€” sophomore Joel Bowers and senior Carl Langley â€” met their highest expectations and earned a pair of victories to open the tournament, putting them each one win away from the PIAA State Tournament next weekend in Hershey.
CLARION â€” Brookville has had just one thing on its mind since the beginning of the 2011-2012 season: To be three-peat District IX Class AA champions.
The Raiders stormed to a successful 18-6 season, worked their way into the final for the third consecutive year and gave themselves the opportunity to achieve that goal.
But Friday night at Clarion University, Brookville met its match in the Smethport Hubbers (18-5), and the Hubbers captured their first District IX Class AA championship in school history by taking down Brookville, 47-38.